Washington health officials depart from CDC guidelines on protective equipment amid coronavirus outbreak


In her state­ment, Sally Watkins, execu­tive director of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, said that N95 respi­ra­tors are the neces­sary, minimum protec­tion for nurses and health care workers.

In Washington state, we have heard from nurses that they don’t feel they have the personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE) they need, are not getting adequate real-time training, and don’t feel prepared,” Watkins said in the news release. Lowering the standards for protec­tive gear will weaken the ability of nurses and other front­line caregivers to safely care for their patients in this public health emergency. N95 respi­ra­tors are the neces­sary and minimum protec­tion for our nurses and health­care workers.”


THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Washington health officials depart from CDC guidelines on protective equipment amid coronavirus outbreak (3/7/20)